Debbie Terry, 57, fought a 7 year battle with leiomyosarcoma after being given a five percent chance to live after being diagnosed in April 2004. Unfortunately, she lost that battle, and passed on to her next life, Thursday, February 3, 2011, in her home. Prior to her diagnosis with the horrible disease, she had a wonderful quality of life and was very succesful in NOT allowing it to affect her after the fact.
She was fortunate enough to have been able to spend a lot of time with family and friends, and to visit several of the worlds beautiful settings. There are many of us left behind to cherish her memory, but the most important person that lost his companion, his best friend, is my father. They were married for almost 38 years and shared many, many wonderful memories together. Whether they were dancing in the local dance halls with friends or driving to Nags Head to visit family…or gambling in Atlantic City or Las Vegas, or even sight-seeing in Nicaragua, Venezuela or Niagra Falls and many other areas of the caribbean, there was always a lot of fun to be had. Even though she enjoyed spending time with our family, her favorite thing to do was to play cards or pull on slot machines. No matter where, playing cards was always an option…whether it’s at the ‘Let It Ride’ table in the Casino or right at her very own kitchen table, she always enjoyed poker.
She was a couragous and fearless woman and until her last few days of life on earth, she had a good quality of life. As all of our family will say, she was certainly the toughest person we’ve ever known. Aside from many wonderful attributes that could describe her, the main one that would best describes her is…SELFLESS. Throughout her entire life, she always put others first, even during her battle. She never complained about pain nor did she ever ask “why me?”. Our family definitely lost our ROCK but can take comfort in the fact that we have another angel looking over us now.
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